Tag Archive: Anafim 5779

Nov 28

Uncovering the Chanukkah Story

Making a final project is hard work! We’ve made drafts, constructed our collages, put on finishing touches, and discussed our interpretations! While we’re still making sure that every detail is just how we want it for the Family Exploration and Celebration, we took a break to build and draw about the Chanukkah story. Different parts …

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Nov 14

Gathering Our Big Ideas

In Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd grade), we are gearing up to start our final projects about Ya’akov and Esav (Jacob and Esau)! For our project, we’re asking ourselves, “Which part of the text do I think is most important to Ya’akov and Esav’s relationship?” We’ll use collages to show that part of …

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Nov 08

Can we hear the next part of the text?!

Lately, a lot of Anafimers have been arriving with the same question on their brain — “When can we hear the next part of the text?!” As we settle into kibud (“snack”), the anticipation of hearing what happens next in the lives of Ya’akov and Esav is palpable. As we’ve been nearing the end of the …

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Oct 31

New Layers of Meaning

This week in Anafim (“Branches” for second and third graders) we began experimenting with different ways to add meaning to the collages we are making in the Yetzirah (“Art/Creativity”) studio. We practiced layering, a technique that involves making choices about what will fill the background and what will go in the foreground.   Children had different ideas about how to use this …

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Oct 24

Anafim Goes Big

In Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders), we have been noticing how different artistic modalities allow us to generate new ideas about our Ya’akov v’Esav text. Through tiny building, watercolor, collage and more, we’ve explored what the characters in the text have been feeling, thinking, and doing. Lately, we’ve found making big buildings with …

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Oct 23

Genesis 25 & 27 for 1st-3rd Grade

Genesis 25   19 This is [about] the children of Yitzchak, the son of Avraham. Avraham had Yitzchak, 20 and when Yitzchak was 40 years old, he married Rivkah… 21 Yitzchak begged Adonai about his wife, because she couldn’t have a baby. And Adonai gave him what he begged for. Rivkah, his wife, became pregnant. …

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Oct 17

Welcoming New Ivrit Challenges

In Anafim, we’ve been discussing what it means to enact our community values of respecting others, respecting ourselves, respecting the room and materials, and being kind. As we started a new way of learning to read Ivrit (Hebrew) this week, Anafimers put these values into action. After they heard about our new way of practicing Hebrew, Anafim …

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Oct 11

Anafim Steps into Ya’akov and Esav’s Shoes

This week in Anafim (“Branches” for second and third graders), we visited the Yetzirah (“Art/Creativity”) studio to express our ideas about our Ya’akov v’Esav text. Children picked a scene from the text and made interpretations of how they thought Ya’akov and Esav were feeling in that moment. Modalities like watercolor and collage allowed us to …

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Sep 27

Something’s in the Air in Beit Anafim

In Beit Anafim (“Branches” for 2nd and 3rd graders), excitement is contagious. This crew loves to learn, play, and laugh together. When we put our minds on something, we feel driven to express our ideas, share them with peers, and see our projects through to the end. We’re learning that often, we do our best …

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